Michigan Sea Grant - Graduate Student Research Fellowships

Michigan Sea Grant

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: May 24, 2021

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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Michigan Sea Grant is offering one-or two-year fellowships from 2020-2022 for graduate students enrolled full-time at Michigan universities and colleges who are interested in research relevant to current Great Lakes ecological, habitat, or fisheries management issues. This fellowship will provide support for a student’s research up to $50,000 total per fellowship that could include tuition, stipend, travel, and research expenses.

Research fellows will work with an agency sponsor and faculty member at an accredited institution in Michigan to conduct a research project that supports existing Great Lakes agency research (see below). Applicants submit a brief proposal for their research as part of the selection process and are expected to have letters of support from agency and faculty sponsors. Interactions with agency and MISG professionals are expected to enhance academic and professional development opportunities.

About the Fellowship

  • Supports exceptional graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) engaged in research relevant to the Great Lakes, ongoing agency research, and to the Michigan Sea Grant Strategic Plan.
  • Fellows will work with an agency mentor to ensure results are useful and contribute to ongoing Great Lakes research.
  • Agencies include federal, state, and tribal agencies, NGOs, and local governments that conduct research on Great Lakes coastal issues. This could include natural or social science research.
  • Fellowship funding will be available in February 2020, but the fellowship can begin in either 2020 or 2021, as appropriate, concluding by January 31, 2022.
  • Support: Up to $50,000 total for students, including tuition, stipend, and benefits.
    • Requires a 50% non-federal match (e.g., faculty salary).
    • A budget is required

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Graduate fellowships will support a graduate student at an accredited Michigan university with support of a faculty member from that institution.
  • Students must be enrolled in or admitted to a full-time graduate or professional degree program at an accredited Michigan academic institution.
  • Students may be working toward a degree in any discipline related to Great Lakes coastal or ecosystem issues
  • All proposals require a 50 percent non-federal match.
    • Principal Investigators are not required to document the source of the project match until submitting a full proposal.


  • Those proposals that identify additional project support committing specific resources to the project (e.g., funding) will be more competitive